Natasha Lomas

Natasha Lomas

Senior Reporter

Natasha is a senior reporter for TechCrunch, joining September 2012, based in Europe. She joined TC after a stint reviewing smartphones for CNET UK and, prior to that, more than five years covering business technology for (now folded into TechRepublic), where she focused on mobile and wireless, telecoms & networking, and IT skills issues. She has also freelanced for organisations including The Guardian and the BBC. Natasha holds a First Class degree in English from Cambridge University, and an MA in journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

The Latest from Natasha Lomas

Intel (re)fined $400M by EU for ‘naked restrictions’ dating back to the noughties

Talk about old news: The European Union has reimposed a fine (totalling €376.36 million) on Intel for antitrust violations dating back decades. Veteran tech watchers may recall the chipmaker was sla

Microsoft-Activision: UK looks poised to clear restructured deal

The U.K.’s competition watchdog has signalled it’s preparing to greenlight a restructured proposal for Microsoft to acquire Activision. In an update on its ongoing assessment today it said

UK bolts US ‘data bridge’ deal onto EU-US Data Privacy Framework

The U.K. government has officially confirmed it will piggyback on a transatlantic data transfer deal between the European Union and the U.S. by bolting on an extension that is dubbed the "U.K.-U.S. da

Poland opens privacy probe of ChatGPT following GDPR complaint

OpenAI is facing another investigation into whether its generative AI chatbot, ChatGPT, complies with European Union privacy laws. Last month a complaint was filed against ChatGPT and OpenAI in Poland

Meta targeted for fresh UK gov’t warning against E2E encryption for Messenger, Instagram

Buckle up for another encryption fight: Hot on the heels of securing parliament’s approval for its Online Safety Bill yesterday, the U.K. government is amping up pressure on Meta not to roll out

Untap Health wants to help offices and care homes track risk from bugs like flu and COVID-19

Ever since the pandemic we’ve been told we’ll need to learn to live with COVID-19, while also being warned it won’t be the last pandemic to hit us. Yet health risks aren’t equa

UK opens new chapter in digital regulation as parliament passes Online Safety Bill

Controversial U.K. legislation that brings in a new regime of content moderation rules for online platforms and services — establishing the comms watchdog Ofcom as the main Internet regulator &#

UK’s competition watchdog drafts principles for ‘responsible’ generative AI

An initial review of generative AI by the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which was announced back in May has concluded with a report containing seven proposed principles to &#822

TikTok fined $379M in EU for failing to keep kids’ data safe

It’s been a long time coming but TikTok has finally been found in breach of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to its handling of children’s d

EU to let ‘responsible’ AI startups train models on its supercomputers

The European Union has signalled a plan to expand access to its high performance computing (HPC) supercomputers by letting startups use the resource to train AI models. However there’s a catch:

X Corp faces Dutch privacy class action over MoPub data trading

Make way for another Dutch class action privacy damages lawsuit — this one targeting the company formerly known as Twitter (now X Corp); and MoPub, the mobile ad platform it used to own (before

Google’s adtech targeted by Dutch class-action style privacy damages suit

Google is facing class-action style litigation in the Netherlands which accuses the adtech giant of breaching European privacy laws. It’s demanding Google stops tracking and profiling consumers

Ministerial statement on UK’s Online Safety Bill seen as steering out of encryption clash

The U.K. government appears to have steered out of a direct collision with the tech industry over a controversial, encryption-risking provision in the Online Safety Bill. Mainstream tech giants and sm

Meta denied injunction against Norway’s ban order on its surveillance ads

Meta has lost a first bid to get an injunction slapped on a ban Norway’s data protection authority imposed on its consentless behavioral ad targeting in July. The order also provides for daily f

EU confirms six (mostly US) tech giants are subject to Digital Markets Act

The European Union has named six tech giants whose market power it hopes to rein in by applying a new set of proactive, pro-competition rules on how these gatekeepers can operate designated “cor

A closer look at e/OS: Murena’s privacy-first ‘deGoogled’ Android alternative

Murena is in the business of deGoogling Android smartphones in the name of privacy. The French/European firm has been doing this for around five years, as a not-for-profit foundation — but also,

Jude is building a bladder health champion

Bladder health isn’t the sexiest subject in the world, so it probably won’t surprise you there are so few startups focused on the area. Only one, actually, according to Jude founder Peony

UK gov’t urged against delay in setting AI rulebook as MPs warn policymakers aren’t keeping up

A U.K. parliamentary committee that’s investigating the opportunities and challenges unfolding around artificial intelligence has urged the government to reconsider its decision not to introduce

Fitbit targeted with trio of data transfer complaints in Europe

Google-owned Fitbit is facing a trio of privacy complaints in the European Union which allege the company is illegally exporting user data in breach of the bloc’s data protection rules. The comp

ChatGPT-maker OpenAI accused of string of data protection breaches in GDPR complaint filed by privacy researcher

Questions about ChatGPT-maker OpenAI’s ability to comply with European privacy rules are in the frame again after a detailed complaint was filed with the Polish data protection authority yesterd
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